Performing in the clutch is what separates a winning driver from the rest of the pack. Flexing muscle at the right time is something that true talents possess. Often luck plays a big role in winning versus losing, but being able to squeeze just enough strength out at the perfect opportunity is what separates winners from losers. Performing in the clutch doesn’t necessarily mean winning, however; it’s all about making the most from what you’ve got.
That’s why Quarter Master, providers of winning clutches & driveline components to racers from Super Speedway to the Bullring, from IRL to Rally, from NASCAR to the “Weekend Warrior,” is proud to honor a weekly “Clutch Performance of the Month” from the short track ranks of America. Each month, an esteemed panel of short track industry insiders will vote on which drivers came through in the clutch. The driver or team with the most votes will then be the “Clutch Performance of the Month.” In January 2016, the driver or team that received the most votes throughout the season will then be the “Clutch Performer of the Year” and will be awarded a clutch kit from Quarter Master, valued at $3,500. For more on Quarter Master, visit www.quartermasterusa.com
This edition of the “Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Month” for November and December 2015 goes to …
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
One race. One win. That is the story of 15-year-old Todd Gilliland’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West career thus far.
Making his series debut in November on the big stage at Phoenix International Raceway (AZ), Gilliland took over the lead with five laps remaining and pulled away on a restart to claim the victory.
Driving the Bill McAnally Racing No. 54, Gilliland crossed under the checked flag and became the youngest driver to win a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race in the series’ rich history. During the 2015 season, he also earned that record for both the CARS Late Model Stock Cars Tour and the ARCA Racing Series.
While he didn’t race any series full-time in 2015, Gilliland took advantage of every opportunity he had behind the wheel of a race car and turned in clutch performances when it mattered most.
For his clutch performance in his K&N West debut in the desert , Todd Gilliland is the Quarter Master Clutch Performer for the months of November and December.
Here are the drivers who also received votes:
Austin Barnes (Lucas Oil Mods) – He didn’t need to win the Lucas Oil Modified Series season finale at Havasu 95 Speedway (AZ) to win the series championship, but he did anyway. Barnes secured victory in the battle and the war by capturing his fourth series victory of the 2015 season.
Ryan Preece (Tour-Type Modifieds) – After coming up just short in the fight for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship battle, Ryan Preece rebounded in a big way during the Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium Speedway (NJ). Preece had to fight his way to the front after a pair of setbacks and eventually had to hold off “Big Money” Matt Hirschman to win the prestigious Modified race.
Ty Majeski (Super Late Models) – Although he may have won the Florida Governor’s Cup 200 at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) with a margin of victory over 1.5 seconds, there’s no denying that Ty Majeski turned it on when it mattered most in 2015. His Governor’s Cup win and Snowball Derby pole award came at the right time for a young driver hoping to climb the ranks.